Ah Springtime! With Easter coming, these eggshell candles are a cinch to make and will add a fresh and festive touch to your home.
Supplies + Tools
Eggs (brown, white, color of your choice)
Tealights or Votive candles
Paraffin or Soy Wax flakes (craft stores or online)
Candle wicks (I got mine here)
Decorative items: Moss, twine, baskets, greenery, mason jars or a favorite dish, etc.
Metal can for melting wax
Hot Glue gun
Step 1: Prepare the eggs.
Use a pushpin to firmly press on top of the egg to poke a hole. Continue poking around the first hole and pinch away the broken bits (don’t squeeze the egg!) until enough shell is broken away to pour out the yolk. Save the eggs for later (omelets for dinner, anyone?) and rinse the shells out thoroughly and set aside to dry.
Step 2: Prep candles and attach the wicks.
Set your dried eggshells back in the egg carton. If you just want a simple white candle, use a dab of hot glue to secure the metal base of the wick inside the eggshell. Or use a yellow tealight to make your candle look authentic. Carve away the candle so it’s small enough to center in the eggshell with room to pour wax around it.
Step 3: Melt and pour the wax.
Note: I purchased wax flakes, but leftover candles (grated or shaved) would work fine.
When melting wax there are a couple of options, but using a microwave to melt wax can be messy and unsafe. A double boiler (a glass or metal bowl over a pan of boiling water) is one way, but I didn’t want the hassle of cleaning a dish after melting wax in it. So I used an empty soup can (washed, label removed) and threw it away when I was done.
- Fill the can with wax flakes and set in a pan of boiling water. Keep watch and DO NOT leave unattended.
- Stir wax until it melts (I used a wooden chopstick) completely. Use kitchen tongs to lift it out of the boiling water.
- Gently pour melted wax into the eggshells and let it cool. Trim the wicks.
Step 4: Arrange and Decorate
This is where you get to be really creative! How will you use your egg candles?
- As a centerpiece: Arrange them on a favorite dish, add some greenery and Easter décor.
- Place cards: Set your candles in individual egg cups (or on a napkin ring) and tie on a name tag with twine.
- Simple hurricane light: Fill an old jar with moss or pebbles and set the egg candle inside.
- A festive gift: Set finished eggs back in the carton, tie with twine or ribbon, add a splash of fresh greenery and spring flowers.